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East County superintendent placed on leave amid fraud investigation

Posted at 11:24 PM, May 31, 2019

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) — The Dehesa School District Board voted 4-0 Friday afternoon to place their superintendent on paid administrative leave amid a fraud investigation.

Earlier this week, the San Diego District Attorney’s Office charged Superintendent Nancy Hauer with one count of misappropriating public funds.

She was one of 11 people charged in a statewide scheme, in which the DA says two men siphoned more than $50 million in state money through a network of 19 charter schools.

“The defendants sought out small school districts with limited experience in oversight and proposed they authorize online charter schools to earn additional public funds in the form of oversight fees,” the DA’s Office wrote in a summary of the charges.

At Friday’s special Dehesa School District Board meeting, the board spent an hour and a half in closed session with legal counsel discussing Hauer’s employment.

Board President, Cindy White refused an interview with 10News.

On the dais, Board Vice President Karl Backer told the audience, “we have initiated new legal council to peel apart the charter operations to make sure sound practices and legal compliance is met.”